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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Africa Cup on Nations: Congo Ends 41-Year Winless Rot

Stade de Reims midfielder, Prince Oniangue, scored the only goal for Congo as they ended a winless run in the Africa Cup of Nations that dates back to 41-years ago.

The 26-year-old fired home what would prove to be the winner against Gabon just three minutes into the second interval, a result that saw the Red Devils leapfrog Jorge Costa's men to the top of Group A. In a game of few clear cut chances, it was Claude Le Roy’s side who were patting each other on the back for a job well done as they denied Gabon a chance to qualify for the next round had Les Pantheres gotten the win.

However,  some defensive mix-up by the Gabonese backline presented Oniangue the opportunity to put his name on the goalscorers sheet which he duly obliged with a poacher's goal in Bata. The narrow 1-0 defeat of Gabon was Congo’s first win in the Africa Cup of Nations finals since 1974.

It also blew the Group A open with all the four teams capable of advancing to the Last 8 heading into the final matchday. The other two group members, Burkina Faso and hosts Equatorial Guinea, shared a barren draw.

Congo who last featured in the competition in the year 2000 lead the group on 4 points, one ahead of Gabon with Equatorial Guinea in third place, a point further adrift. Congo just need a draw in their last match against bottom side Burkina Faso to advance to the quarterfinals .

On Thursday evening, Zambia who won the title last time it was held in Equatorial Guinea, will take on Tunisia as Congo DR clash with Cape Verde in Group B. All the teams in the group are tied on 1 point.

And That’s thesteifmastertake!!